Shawl Collar Cardigan Tutorial

Such an easy women's #sewing tutorial!!!  Hi-Low Shawl Collar Cardigan by Justine

I love sewing things that are comfy and stylish, that I can wear every day, and that don’t take me forever to make! Which is why I love the shawl collar cardigan tutorial by Justine of the Sewing Rabbit Team.  The high low hem is flattering for wearing all of the leggings that are in style now, and the cover up is perfect for layering to get us through the cooler months.  The shawl neckline adds the final touch to make this cardigan look perfectly polished.

Hi/Lo Shawl Collar Cardigan Tutorial


Hi, I’m Justine from the Sew Country Chick blog and today is my first guest post on the Sewing Rabbit Team! I was excited to take on the challenge of being on the team and posting every month here, because not only do I love Jessica’s blog, but I also want to write more fashion sewing tutorials.

Somehow, when I have a deadline, especially on someone else’s blog, it motivates me. My goal this year is to post one fashion oriented sewing tutorial every month. I make my own patterns, and since I have just started learning how to use Illustrator, I’m enjoying creating my tutorials even more.

Today’s project and pattern tutorial is a shawl collar cardigan with a front hem which sweeps up from the center. This pattern is really quite simple to draft. It’s just triangles! If the bottom hem didn’t sweep up it would be even simpler. If you would like to keep things REALLY easy and are new to making your own patterns, you can always omit the curved hem and just make it square.


I love this Aztec or Navajo print fabric. I buy most of my fabric in the Los Angeles fabric district, about an hour away from our little farm. I always find something very unique and get great deals. Often, I don’t buy enough. But this time I bought two and a half yards, the exact amount I needed to make this design.

This sweater would also be nice in a solid knit or even in sweatshirt fabric.


The sleeves and neck band are rectangles that have been folded and ironed. The raw edges are then sewn to the raw edges of the neck and the sleeves. It’s a very simple way ot finish a knit garment. This style short sleeved sweater has been very popular this season. Anthropologie has several versions I love. I have been wanting one, so figured I would just make my own! Often, I never can find a pattern for current styles I want to make so I’ve decided to just start making my own and sharing the tutorials.


I love my cactus plants. They were itty bitty babies a few years ago, believe it or not! Below I will explain how to make the pattern first, then I will show you how to put it together. cardigan.1 Both the front and back pieces should be 12 inches wide and 32 inches long.

On the front piece you will draw a mark 4 inches from the top neck edge and then make another notch 11 inches down from that edge on the right hand line , the center line of the sweater. You will then draw a nice neckline curve.

On the center from below the neckline curve, measure up 6 inches from the bottom.Draw a hemline curve , connecting to the bottom hem opposite edge, straightening out until the side seam.

On what will be the side seam, the left line on the diagram above, mark down 11 inches from the top edge to create the armhole notch.

cardigan.2 For the back piece, which will have a center fold, measure down from the center fold 1 inch and mark the neckline corner. On the upper edge of the center, measure over 4 inches to mark the neck, shoulder intersection. Now draw in your neckline.

On the side seam edge, measure down 11 inches from the top and mark a notch for the bottom of the armhole.

That’s it for the back! I told you this was an easy pattern. On to the neckband and sleeves….


cardigan.3 The neckband pieces will be 36 inches long and 11 inches wide. Fold the piece in half lengthwise and mark 2.5 inches up on the edges. Draw the curve like above. This piece gets sewn to the center front of the sweater so the curves have to go together. Here is an example: The neckband will be folded in half and the raw edges will be sewn to the center front.

IMG_4088 cardigan.4 The sleeve pattern is a rectangle 8 inches wide by 23 inches long. It will be sewn together at the edges, then folded and ironed. Then sewn into he armhole after the side seams are sewn.

Cutting the fabric:

  • Cut two front pieces
  • one back piece on fold
  • two seleeves
  • 2 neckbands

Sewing sweater: (See below)

cardigan5 cardigan6

And you are finished!

Such an easy women's #sewing tutorial!!!  Hi-Low Shawl Collar Cardigan by Justine

Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…

Happy Sewing!

Justine Abbitt

Contributor at Sewing Rabbit Team
Author of Sew Country Chick, Justine loves to update her 100 year old farmhouse in couture style. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children.

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  1. says

    Great option for busy mom wear, stylish & practical. I’m going to take a stab at this but may make it with long sleeves as its winter for another three months here in Thunder Bay. Thanks for sharing!


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  2. Barbie says

    I love this and want to make it today! Can you tell me what width the fabric was that you used.
    Thanks so much for inspiring me to get back to sewing.

    • says

      You just make the rectangles wider. Add 1/4 inch to each edge to make one inch bigger. Multiply that by how many sizes you want to inrease. But this should fit most average size people.

  3. Joen says

    Justine this would make a great winter/spring transitional piece for me. I could wear it now with a long sleeve T and in the spring/summer with a short sleeve T or tank. This is going on my to sew list. thanks for the tutorial!

  4. liz says

    Hi! I made this last night, the tutorial was very informational and easy to follow, thank you! I was just wondering what type of fabric you used? I like the way yours looks soft and it falls nicely, is it a knit?

  5. Grandma Ann says

    Thank you so much for sharing!! I love the pattern and material you used. I am going to try it! Thanks again.

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